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Making/improvising Special Tools

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by timgr, Jul 12, 2016.

  1. Sep 1, 2019
    73 cj5

    73 cj5 Not ready for the junkyard yet

    Clinton, Mississippi
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    Turned a propane bottle into a portable air tank. Works great at seating those popped beads :D
     
  2. Sep 1, 2019
    Hellion

    Hellion Regurgitated

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    Best tools are the ones that are shown in-use. Thank you.

    I don’t have enough veteran status to know how or where a yoke holding tool is used, for example. :oops:
     
  3. Sep 1, 2019
    OzFin

    OzFin Vintage Jeep Guy

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    Yoke holding tool in action :beer:

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  4. Sep 24, 2019
    Focker

    Focker That's a terrible idea...What time? Staff Member

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    Made a pulley holder for daughter's timing belt project...It's crude, but not bad for 10 minutes of design and fab work.

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    Also needed a special tool for the tensioner pulley. A couple of punches and vise grips did the trick just fine.
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  5. Sep 24, 2019
    47v6

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    The punches and vise grip are how I used to adjust the tensioner on my VWs. Awesome!
     
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  6. Jan 27, 2020
    ITLKSEZ

    ITLKSEZ Hope for the best, prepare for the worst

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    I needed a shrinking disc. I couldn’t see paying $60 for a simple disc of stainless steel.

    Wolfe's Easy Shrinking Disc Kits

    I went to a thrift store and grabbed a stainless pot for $4 and made my own.

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  7. Jan 27, 2020
    Lockman

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    Nice innovation ...... I admire your style. BTW, Eastwood would have given you 10 bucks off for signing up ! :sneak:
     
  8. Jan 27, 2020
    Howard Eisenhauer

    Howard Eisenhauer Administrator Staff Member

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    I made one out of a ss pie plate, I like yours better :)
     
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  9. Jan 27, 2020
    plastikosmd

    plastikosmd Member

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    Never used one, google here I come
     
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  10. Jan 27, 2020
    FinoCJ

    FinoCJ 1970 CJ5 Staff Member

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    yet another tool I need that I didn't even know existed...
     
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  11. Oct 22, 2020
    Mr Vaughan

    Mr Vaughan

    i've found that quite a few things work. for instance, a horn, a hammer pliers, whatever is nearby.
     
  12. Oct 22, 2020
    Lockman

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    Sure does look like a curb key for turning on & off water mains . ;)
     
  13. Oct 22, 2020
    duffer

    duffer Rodent Power

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    Here are a few of the ones I've made.
    Clockwise from upper left: Case 30 Series clutch alignment tool, sbc harmonic balancer installer (it has a Torrington bearing), Harmonic balancer remover, crankshaft snout socket, sparkplug style TDC finder, block TDC finder, piston pin press, Muncie input bearing nut wrench, Muncie dummy shaft, sbc cam installer handle, Dana yoke wrench, and D44 pinion race driver.

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  14. Oct 23, 2020
    Fireball

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    Nice! Even your tools look better than my final fab work.
     
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  15. Nov 22, 2020
    Big_Rob2020

    Big_Rob2020 Member

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    ok everybody guess the home made tool and what its used for....


    Sweet home made tool 1.jpg Sweet home made tool 2.jpg
     
  16. Nov 22, 2020
    73 cj5

    73 cj5 Not ready for the junkyard yet

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  17. Nov 22, 2020
    Big_Rob2020

    Big_Rob2020 Member

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    BINGO! Handiest thing in the tool box when installing a freshly built engine. It's basically insurance before you start up.
     
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  18. Nov 22, 2020
    Focker

    Focker That's a terrible idea...What time? Staff Member

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    Now that we have a winner... What are the components that make it up?
     
  19. Nov 22, 2020
    Big_Rob2020

    Big_Rob2020 Member

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    I had a spare HEI distributor out of a 1976 Buick century laying around that was not repairable due to a crack in the aluminum housing, it would get moisture in it and you know the rest of the story. Anyways, I cut the top part off with the chop saw pulled the shaft out cut another inch off and voila, Priming tool made for your power drill.
     
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  20. Dec 15, 2020
    Warloch

    Warloch Did you say Flattie??? Staff Member

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    I made mine out of an old stock distributor - same basic setup.
     
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